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Plutarch described the last days of Alexander the Great in his book "Life of Alexander" based on records kept by Eumenes, Alexander's general secretary. Alexander had a high temperature for at least 5-6 days, and at the last day he couldn't speak. Is malaria the cause of his death, or did he have leukemia due to injuries sustained in battle?


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There are several claims in Wikipedia [Death of Alexander the Great](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alexander_the_Great) but it's not clear how valid each claim is. Are there any clearer source?

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    You seem to have looked at the Wikipedia article Death of Alexander the Great already, but I'm not sure what we can add to that. There is a lack of consensus among historians on the cause of death due to conflicting contemporary accounts. – Lars Bosteen Feb 28 at 13:05
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    Leukemia is a type of blood cancer, right? How can you contract leukemia from battle injuries? – F1Krazy Feb 28 at 13:06
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    This kind of question is impossible to answer because we do not have enough information. One plausible theory says that he was poisoned, another that he dies of a decease related to alcoholism. – Alex Feb 28 at 14:00
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    @LarsBosteen - After reading what that WP page had to say, it seems like someone could do better at making sense of the claims, and what is based on better sources. It seems like every theory they devoted significant electrons to ends with "but the source for that is really bad." So the info on that page is a mess right now. I could totally understand how someone after reading that might come here and ask us about it. – T.E.D. Feb 28 at 16:17
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    A high temperature for 5 to 6 days looks like an infection. Raising the temperature is one way the body uses to kill a pathogen, whether bacterial or viral. – Fred Mar 1 at 0:19
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According to the University of Maryland School of Medicine report of 1998, Alexander probably died of typhoid fever (which, along with malaria, was common in ancient Babylon). Wikipedia

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    Can you expand a little on this? For, example, what reasons does this report give for this conclusion? – Lars Bosteen Feb 28 at 23:52
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    @LarsBosteen: I am not a doctor but apparently, according to Wikipedia, his simptoms were consistent with this. Other versions are discussed in the article too. – user47593 Feb 28 at 23:56

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